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Caramel Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Total time 40 mins
Yield Makes 3 cups
Don't be tempted to skip the lemon juice: It doesn't affect the flavor, but it does prevent the sugar from crystallizing.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat; add sugar and lemon juice, and cook, stirring constantly with a long-handled wooden spoon, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture turns light golden brown. Gradually add cream, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. (Mixture will bubble and spatter when adding cream.) Remove from heat, and cool 30 minutes.